Forestridge Facts

April 9, 2021

Forestridge Elementary School

Principal: Ms. Michelle Gabriel

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Rickishia Watson

Mission Statement: Inspire and develop successful lifelong learners

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Hello Forestridge Families,

I am very pleased to be back at the helm of our amazing little school! Thank you all for your well-wishes during my time away. As you know enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year has begun. It is imperative that you complete your online enrollment and upload the proof of address needed to secure your child’s space for next year.

Bond 2021 is upon us. Based on the recommendations of a community bond steering committee, RISD trustees voted to place two bond propositions before voters as part of the May 1 election. The total of both propositions is $750 million. If approved by voters, Bond 2021 will not increase RISD’s tax rate.

RISD community members are invited to join district administrators in four public forums in April designed to provide information and answer stakeholder questions about Bond 2021. On Monday, April 12, an in-person forum in the auditorium of the RISD Administration Building will begin at 6 p.m. Please be advised that occupancy is limited because of COVID mitigation protocols, and attendees will complete a health screener upon entry.

Another in-person forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in the auditorium of the Admin Bldg. at 400 S. Greenville Ave. The virtual forums are set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 21. Links to the virtual forums will be available at the RISD Bond 2021 information website:

Click here to view the Bond 2021 informational video.

Please be reminded that this is a community-driven project. There will be no property tax increase as a result of the bond being approved. All campuses will be impacted by this bond proposal. The proposal includes long range planning for facilities as the average age of our buildings is 53 years old across the district. Ballots will be provided in your native language to ensure you understand all that is being STAAR Writing Assessment for 4th Grade was postponed due to serious technical issues statewide. Forestridge will resume the test for 4th Grade Writing on Tuesday, April 13th. Please be sure your child is at school to test on that day. If your child is celebrating Ramadan on the day of testing, they will be able to bring home their snack to eat at the appropriate time.

Please be reminded that masks are to be worn while in class and indoors at school. If your child wishes to remove their mask during recess they may do so as long as the mask is put back on to enter the school building.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding. We are working so hard to ensure that your child receives the best learning experience possible.

Thank you for trusting us with your MOST precious child.


Ms. Gabriel

Important Reminders

Talent Show auditions are on Monday, April 12, from 3:00-4:00. Students who want to audition must have turned in their form filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.

Wednesday, April 14 is a student half day. Student dismissal will begin at 12:45.

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Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be Online from March 29 - April 11

Dear Families,

From Monday, March 29 - Sunday, April 11th the Online Scholastic Book Fair will be open for families to buy books. The Online Scholastic Book Fair has TONS of books that you and your children will love. Plus, buying books from the book fair helps raise money to purchase new books for our school library!

This semester our book fair will be online. The Scholastic Book Fair Flyer is linked to the post. Please look at it with your family to see if there are any books you would like to buy. Then starting Monday, March 29 the FRE Scholastic Book Fair will be open for parents to buy books. All books bought online will be shipped to your home after the book fair is over on April 11. Shipping on a book only orders of $25.00 or more will ship for free.

This weekend you can spend time looking at the book fair flyer that came home on Friday or you can use the link below. Then on Monday, March 29 you can start shopping at Scholastic Book Fair Website.

Online Book Fair Flyer

Scholastic Book Fair Website

You can buy books from March 29 - April 11.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (469) 593-8532.

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Classroom Wishlists for Teachers!

Help FRE teachers build their classroom libraries, by buying books for their classroom libraries from the Scholastic Book Fair.nn Remember everything you buy will benefit our school!

Click FRE Classroom Wishlist to see FRE Teachers' Scholastic Book Fair Wishlist!

Parents: Shop & Save on School Supplies

Grade Levels


What lives in the ocean? To finish off our unit on Things That Move, we are learning about things that move in the ocean. Your little learners had a blast this week learning about fish, sharks, whales, seahorses, and things that live in shells. We are working hard on letters and letter sounds. In math, we continue to work on number recognition and counting. Please remember to send a water bottle with your child every day. Have a great weekend!


Nursery rhymes and poetry are what we are working on this week and next week. Please work with your child on rhyming words. In math, we are reviewing our numbers to 100 and simple addition and subtraction. We learned about different types of animals in science. If you have not had a chance to set up a conference time, please contact your child’s teacher.

1st Grade

It was a great learning week in First Grade! We continued to practice estimating and measuring with nonstandard units in Math. We finished up our animal research projects in Reading. We learned the au/aw sound in Phonics and discussed different animals and what they need to survive in Science! Thank you to the parents that attended parent-teacher conferences last week. If you haven’t had one, please reach out to your students’ teacher to make an appointment. Have a great weekend everyone!

2nd Grade

This week in reading, we were introduced to opinion texts and learning about parts of letters. We are practicing by writing letters to different people. We are still working on multiplication and division, and practicing writing stories for division. We are learning about different holidays around the world in social studies. Have a great weekend!

3rd Grade

This week in reading we are reviewing topics that we have learned this year such as, sequencing, compare and contrast, and plot! In writing, we continued our fact-based opinion research on whether or not we think animals should be in zoos!

4th Grade

Hope you had a great 3 day weekend. In Math, we practiced converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. We also reviewed the relationship between decimals and fractions. In Science, we are learning more about the food chain. Well, we were supposed to take our Writing STAAR test but technology had other plans. We will let you know when we can retake the test. In reading, we are comparing and contrasting different genres. Students will also start learning about root words this week.

5th Grade

In Math, we are revisiting adding and subtracting whole numbers and fractions. In reading, we are reading and understanding different genres and the characteristics between them. In Social Studies we learned about World war 2. In science, we are continuing to learn about the structures and functions of animals. We will be gearing up for STAAR boot camp on April 19th.

6th Grade

Sixth-grade superheroes worked diligently on a practice Reading Staar test. They also reviewed important Math skills for Math Staar. The best part of the week was Star Wars when students were able to showcase their Science movies and vote on the best ones! Please ask your child to show you his or her informative and stellar movie. Message the teachers that you watched it and we’ll give your child a moon pie.

Counselors' Corner

RISD’s “Live Wise Live Healthy” focus for April and May is “Making Connections”. Students and staff will focus on wellness and combating stress, anxiety, and testing anxiety. Our guidance lessons will encourage goal-setting and college and career readiness. Please see this flyer (and en espanol) for more information.

Just a reminder, if you’re looking for ways to support your child and their mental health journey, here is a Yoga handout and Wheel of Choice for you to implement at home how you see fit. Continuing in Guidance lessons is how we handle conflict and how we view ourselves. Please see some of the visuals linked here and Problem Solving Wheel.

6th grade Parents:

Coming up in the 6th=>7th transition is “Course Verification”. The following information will guide you through this process. Please make sure you complete this Google form by Thursday, April 8th. This will be the only and last time to make changes as necessary for 7th grade course selections.

Please also see this flyer for more information on classes offered during RISD summer school for incoming 7th graders. The RISD Summer School website is linked here as well, and as we get more information about free/reduced tuition rates we will send that out!

All FRE 6th graders should “Save the Date” for 6th grade signing day is coming up on April 29th! The class of 2027 will have a chance to sign their commitment to the hard work it takes to progress through school and into post-secondary opportunities. We’re so excited to share this with our 6th graders this year, and we can’t wait for them to tell you all about it when we do!

The 6th to 7th transition continues to be such an exciting time! Remember to check out (and bookmark!) the following infographic for more updates as we receive them.

Nurse's News

Important messages from the School Nurse:

Each day it is imperative that parents monitor and screen their child’s health prior to sending them to school. Please look for new, unexpected or worsening symptoms that include: feeling feverish, a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, loss of taste or smell, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, chills, congestion/runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies), muscle or body aches, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea.

If your child has any of these symptoms (even just one symptom) please keep them home and complete the Student Health Screener so that the school nurse can contact you regarding return-to-school criteria. Please be aware that readmission guidelines are different this school year so your child may need to stay home longer even if they are feeling better.

The State of Texas requires students to remain compliant with vaccinations on a schedule based on their age. Typically this means that additional immunizations are required when students transition from Prek to Kindergarten, and again from 6th to 7th grade.

If you received emails notification about your child immunization record, please bring the letter with you to the immunization clinic or doctor's office. Your provider will review the record and provide students with immunizations that are required. Your child must receive all required vaccinations to ensure their continued enrollment.

Thank you for your cooperation with this as we seek to keep FRE as safe and healthy as possible.

Club News

Garden Club

(Monday or Tuesday, as assigned til 4:30)

We have been busy building raised beds for a food garden, Special thanks to Mr. Ouellette and Mrs. Kirchoff for helping. We also have planted flowers to feed the Bees and Butterflies. PLEASE DO NOT PICK THE FLOWERS. You can enjoy the smell if you Gently brush the plants then smell your hand. Some of our latest additions are lantana, lavender, asters, and butterfly weed aka milkweed.

Ensemble and STOMP

Ensemble and STOMP members are working hard for the Talent Show/end of the year performances. Ensemble meets on Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:15. STOMP meets on Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:00.



April showers bring May Flowers! We are being inspired by Claude Monet who started French Impressionistic Art and was an incredible gardener. We are drawing and painting flowering trees and cactus while some art classes are helping with the school garden. Like Monet we even have a Potager ( French for a food garden in raised beds.) Here is the link for RISD’s Youth Art Month online Art Show . This was usually an event held at the PDC. Congrats to all our Artists.


We are finished with TELPAS and back to pulling and teaching our groups. We are working on STAAR prep along with all sorts of skills. Please encourage your child to read at home and ask them questions about their reading. This will hold them accountable. Feel free to reach out to the ESL team anytime you have any questions.


Our younger grades have been doing well with recognizing their musical opposites and moving to music. We’re still working on our composition projects with the older grades. We can’t wait for the final projects that are coming up!

Physical Education

Students will be introduced to the game of Four Square. Four Square is a classic playground game that builds hand-eye coordination and gives students opportunities to develop social-emotional skills such as taking turns and conflict resolution. P.E. classes will be held outside if weather permits and students may bring a hat or visor to wear outside and are encouraged to bring their water bottle.


This week in XPlore we started a new unit. We are jumping in to spring and cooking up something thing your kids will love.

Club News

Garden Club

FRE Garden club is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and has started for the Spring. We are re-establishing our butterfly habitat and mulching the plants and rock seating areas. We meet Tuesdays after school. Permission slips are due before you can participate. We hope to begin installing raised garden beds soon.

Ensemble members have started working on a bucket drumming routine for their end-of-the-year performance. Ensemble meets on Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:15.

STOMP members have started learning a new routine for the end of the year performance. STOMP meets after school from 3:15-4:00.

Let's Stay Connected!

Get up to date information from our school website and social media accounts. The Forestridge Elementary School website is Below are links to our FRE social media accounts. Please join one or all of the social media accounts to stay informed on current information.